Friedman Firearms Training

Stance & Bench Rest Positions

Stance is one of the critical variables in shooting accurately. Most of the time shooters who sit and bench-rest their guns are far more accurate than those who stand and shoot.

When first attempting to shoot at targets, begin from the sitting position to eliminate the standing variable.

The Isosceles Stance

The Isosceles Stance, is based on the "isosceles triangle." Anyone steeped in mathematics, engineering or drafting, would have encountered the use of an "isosceles triangle".


So what is it, it is a triangle where two of the sides are of equal length, forming equal angles, similar to this image. The two longer sides come together with the shorter base to form a strong triangle, that can be easily pivoted.


This same triangle is created by using your body and outstretched arms hands gripping the pistol. This makes the Isosceles stance a naturally defensive stance that provides excellent coverage in most directions by simply rotating the upper body, to pivot and pan an area. If you were to look down upon a shooter with an Isosceles stance it would appear to be a triangle as shown below.

THE MAIN IDEA IS SIMPLE!  JUST BE COMFORTABLE!

I PREFER A "BOXER'S" STANCE THAT IS 45 DEGREES TOWARD THE TARGET. YOUR FIRING HAND IS LOCKED WITH YOUR SUPPORT HAND SLIGHTLY BENT AT THE ELBOW with a 40-60% "PUSH-PULL". YOU PULL BACK WITH THE SUPPORT HAND AND PUSH FORWARD WITH THE FIRING HAND.

These are the two main stance positions taught, however in the end you should stand so that you are comfortable.